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Windows 7: finding my key


28 May 2011   #1
timmytissue

windows 7 professional 64bit.
 
 
finding my key

i have just reinstalled windows 7 to fix an issue i had, i had a legit key but i don't remember it or have it written down. i'm wondering if it might be somewhere in the windows.old folder or if it might be linked to my email. if anyone knows i way i can find that same key so i don't have to buy windows again that would be awesome.


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28 May 2011   #2
richc46

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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Just use one of these. I suggest jelly bean. If the OS came with the computer, the key is right on the computer body.
Key Finder Programs - Top 13 Free Product Key Finder Programs - Keyfinder Software
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28 May 2011   #3
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

I don't think that will work since he reinstalled and does not have the key. I don't think any of those programs looks in Windows.old. Hope I'm wrong but I don't think so.

Where did you get the Win 7 install DVD? Is it purchased or downloaded? If downloaded then you should have E-mail somewhere with the info in it you need.
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28 May 2011   #4
timmytissue

windows 7 professional 64bit.
 
 

the first time i got the key i got the key from my brother, he got it from his school, he got a 32 bit and a 64 bit, so he gave me the 64 bit key. he has checked his email.
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28 May 2011   #5
timmytissue

windows 7 professional 64bit.
 
 

i try ed one of those programs and put in a bunch of keys it told me to but non of them worked. not sure where to go from here
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28 May 2011   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

I always tell my students to save a text file in Notepad with their Key Code & save it to their HD & to a CD or USB Flash for safe keeping. And also print out two (2) copies & put in safe places when you may need it again.

Sounds like your only option is for your brother to contact the souce where he got it, to see if they have a record of it.
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29 May 2011   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You can try rolling back the installation using the windows.old folder to see if it holds activation, in which case you could then audit the key from the mobo using Belarc Advisor.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder

Your brother could not give you the key to activate 64 bit and use it on 32 bit himself. Only one key can be used for each license, either 32- or 64-bit. So he may need to buy another key anyway if he was sharing his with you. If not, the key can be tracked using the purchase information with vendor - look up on bank statement if necessary to find the date.
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29 May 2011   #8
andyparks

windows 7 home prem 64 bit
 
 

I keep mine in the door but when I go out I lock the door put it in my pocket
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29 May 2011   #9
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timmytissue View Post
the first time i got the key i got the key from my brother, he got it from his school, he got a 32 bit and a 64 bit, so he gave me the 64 bit key. he has checked his email.
He had no right to give you that key. He has the rights to install the software on one computer, either 32 or 64 bit....not both. If you use it as well, you are committing software piracy.
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29 May 2011   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

MacGyvr has the correct answer!!
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